Situated at a fairly impressive altitude of 6,310 metres, Adi Kailash also referred to as Chota Kailash or Little Kailash is in one or the other way a replica of Mount Kailash in Tibet.
It is situated in the Indian Territory in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand within a proximity to the Indo-Tibetan border. In the quietude of the tranquil Kumaon Himalayas, Adi Kailash is a popular pilgrimage of the Hindu devotees. One can catch a glimpse of the emerald Parvati lake and the Gauri Kund adorned on the very foot of Chota Kailash.
Importance of Adi Kailash
Chotta Kailash or Adi Kailash is known by several names like Shiva Kailash, Baba Kailash and Jonglingkong Peak. The Adi Kailash and Om mountains are considered equivalent and sacred to mountain Kailash. It has mention across most of the Hindu scriptures like Mahabharata, Ramayana and Brihat Purana. They say Lord Shankar went to marry Goddess Parvati with a Barat (wedding procession) and his first stop was Adi Kailash. The place was so beautiful and attractive that Lord Shiva also known as Kedarnath (Lord of Mountains) fell in love with the place and made it his second home. He would visit the place often with his family comprising Godess Parvati or Uma and children Kartik and Ganesh. The Parvati Sarovar near the Adi Kailash is a testimony to this holy story.
Accessibility to Adi Kailash
Adi Kailash is situated in the Pithoragarh district of Kumaon region in the northern state of Uttarakhand in India. One can take a flight or travel by train or road to Kathgodam/Haldwani. After this the entire journey will be undertaken via road using a four-wheeler i.e., Bolero due to high altitudes and difficult terrain. One has both the options to undertake trekking or use a four-wheeler to reach your destinations. The route and areas are open and accessible for the pilgrims from the month of June to October.
Anyone within the age group of 9 to 77 years can travel to Adi Kailash. All you need is to a valid government issued identity proof and a physical fitness certificate from any MBBS doctor. You have to fill a registration form – Adi Kailash Yatra 2022, paste photographs, attach a police verification report or passport, medical certification along with the transaction number of the payment and email it to [email protected] The registration process for the yatra are now open and all the form formats are available online at the website of Trip to Temples https://www.triptotemples.com/package/adi-kailash.